Lead Engineer, Core Services

AWS JavaScript MySQL MongoDB DynamoDB SQL PostgreSQL Redis API Node.js TypeScript Java

UrbanStems is a modern floral and gifting company designed for thoughtful people. Founded in 2014 in Washington, DC, UrbanStems has become a leader in the space with our expressive bouquets, plants, and gift options. From coast-to-coast next-day delivery to same-day courier service in NYC and DC, we are helping people stay connected. 

Named one of Inc. 500’s fastest-growing companies in 2019, UrbanStems has launched brand partnerships with Vogue, Bumble, JCrew, and more. We offer a collaborative and open working environment with ample opportunity to grow and learn.

We’re looking for a thoughtful, well-rounded, motivated, and experienced Lead Engineer to join our Core Services team. The Core Services team builds and supports the critical infrastructure and applications that power UrbanStems. If you’re the right one for us, you take great pride in your work and are at ease working within an agile environment. You’ll have the opportunity to grow and achieve at new levels, collaborating with our small but ambitious, brilliant, hard-working, and fun team while contributing to our culture of success. In engineering at UrbanStems, we treat one another with respect, grow together, ship often, and value autonomy.


  • Collaborate with the other engineers and stakeholders to establish objectives and design functional, cohesive software
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to team engineers through coaching and counseling, code reviews, and peer debugging sessions
  • Play a key role in updating and adding new features to our APIs and internal tools. Build security and data privacy into all facets of our work
  • Contribute clean, clear, and high-quality production code and documentation
  • Improve the performance, reliability, and scalability of our current code and systems 
  • Partner with cross-functional and engineering teams to successfully plan new or improvement-based projects
  • Evolve our engineering practices and processes to address the changing needs of our deployed software. 


  • Fluent in Node.js and javascript (experience with Typescript, Java, or C# a plus)
  • Fluent in both SQL (i.e. MySQL and PostgreSQL) and NoSQL (such as MongoDB, DynamoDB, or Redis) database technologies
  • Experienced in building distributed systems for scale and deploying them in the cloud
  • Experience with AWS services such as Lambda, SNS, SQS, S3, and Kinesis or equivalents is a plus
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a fast-paced environment across technical and non-technical teams. Strong organizational and time management skills; ability to shift gears quickly and effectively. 
  • We’re a small, lean team; a desire to take ownership of tasks and projects is a must

We’re happy to offer our full-time employees a generous PTO package, matching 401k, comprehensive family planning benefits, including paid parental leave and membership with Maven Clinic, employee and friends/family product discounts, monthly internet stipend, charity matching fund, developmental spending program, and pre-tax commuter benefits, in addition to medical, dental, and vision coverage. 

At UrbanStems, we’re proud of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we pride ourselves on hiring individuals that share our passion for enacting real change. Come join our team of talented and unique individuals, where authenticity is encouraged and celebrated. We welcome and employ individuals regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identity, genetic information, parental or pregnancy status, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status. We are proud to be an equal-opportunity employer.

We know the environment we’ve created at UrbanStems is a place to grow. If you don’t possess every single requirement you see on this posting, but think you’d thrive in this role, we encourage you to apply today.

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